Saturday, January 24, 2009
Weekly Geeks #3: Classics
This week's Weekly Geek is all about classic literature. This is a great topic for me since I love the classics. Some of my favorites are from the Bronte family: Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, as well as the Austen novels, the works of George Eliot, Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. As you can see, I find the words of women of that time period the most interesting.
If you've never read a classic novel, you might want to start out small and dip your toe in the water with Silas Marner by George Eliot. Maybe you prefer "go big or go home" then take on a monster like The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. That's a fun one.
As for modern books with classic appeal, there are many 'sequels' to famous books, especially the Austen books, popping up here and there. Sometimes it's fun to imagine what our favorite characters did after the original author closes the book on them. I'm a big fan of Jane Eyre so I thought Jane Eyre's Daughter wasn't bad. And the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde is quite an adventure where classic characters get into all kinds of trouble.